Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister for Business Development, has said it is the goal of government to train and mentor 12,000 entrepreneurs nation-wide to enhance their businesses within three years adding that beneficiaries of the training would also have access to a GHC 100 million loan with 10 percent interest rate.
Dr Awal, who made this known during the fourth breakfast meeting for Chief Executive Officers in the Western Region, said so far a total of 300 entrepreneurs have been trained in the region.
The meeting, organized by the Ghana Employers Association (GEA), was to enable the CEOs to interact and discuss pertinent issues that would enhance the growth and development of their businesses.
He said the government has put in place five driving force pillars, made up of modernization of agriculture, infrastructural development, human resource development, entrepreneurship and industrialization to help develop the private sector.
He said under the modernization of agriculture ‘the Planting for Food and Jobs’ and the ‘One District one Factory Programmes’ would be implemented, adding that in the past two years about a million people have been engaged in the PFJ.
For infrastructure development, the Minister said, the government has made available about 2 billion dollars to address the shortfalls in the sector adding that the road sector would be the major beneficiary.
He said everything was being done to address the human resource shortfall in the country, hence the introduction of the free senior high school programme and the TVET programme.
Dr Awal said a lot of avenues are being created for the private sector to strive to add that the skills development centre and community mining programmes being executed in the Western Region are some of the interventions being put in place by the government.
He said the government would continue to give the private sector the needed space to operate since they are the major employers in the country- “over 13,000 people are being employed by the private sector”.